This project will raise the skills and productivity of small scale farmers, 84% of whom will be women. By establishing community support and providing high quality inputs and training, this project will increase agricultural productivity and incomes. Thanks to BRAC's partnerships with other donors, contributions to this project have extraordinary leverage: Funding of $21,382 raised through Global Giving will be matched and multiplied by others, unlocking $73,055 to reach 2,333 women farmers.
The government of Tanzania recognizes that agricultural reform is critical to attaining development goals. Currently, 28% of Tanzanians chronically experience food insecurity and many more suffer from malnutrition. Around 33% of the population lives below the poverty line. In rural areas, people depend on local, agricultural production; yet lack access to training, technology, and high quality supplies. Thus, agricultural output remains low with over 90% of farmers producing at 40% efficiency.
BRAC's agriculture and livestock production training model includes training, access to high quality seeds and tools, and an emphasis on new technology and best practices - everything a farmer needs to improve productivity and increase farm income. Thousands of small-scale farmers (84% women) will be chosen and trained within BRAC's successful model. Others will be trained as agriculture promoters and entrepreneurs, establishing the local support network that rural farmers need to be successful.
The targeted communities will see reduced poverty and food insecurity as a result of the increased productivity of local farmers. Farmers will be better able to secure food for their families, ensure overall health, and provide education to their children with increased incomes and farm productivity. Women farmers, in particular, will be empowered to make decisions about their lives and better deal with financial shocks. Over time, communities will be better nourished, healthier, and stronger.